Nostradamus and other philosophers…

A student sent this along to me today…

I think you will enjoy this: I went to a (new) dentist yesterday, and after a stream of quite routine (dentisty) questions, it came out that I was studying philosophy. As he slowly withdrew his utensils in grave surprise, breaking out in an almost naive flick of earnestness, his first response, of all things, went: “Oh, great! So you’ve read Nostradamus, of course!”

Which leads me to wonder what the strangest reply has been that people have gotten. I should say that most times when I say the word philosophy—and it doesn’t matter what language I’m working in or where—I’m often asked to repeat it two or three times before the person goes, oh, philosophy! Of course, when I’m in Europe, i can say, “I teach philosophy, as in Descartes, Plato, and so on.” That dropping of names to help doesn’t work so well in the U.S.

Until, of course, I get Glenn Beck to read my new book. Then it will all come together…